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Our 1st Annual Halloween Cruise down some of Central Illinois’ scenic back roads to Haynes On Main in Mackinaw for lunch and then on to the Mackinaw Valley Vineyard . . . .was a SUCCESS!



The cruise formmed at the Circle K station, 2302 W Market St, Bloomington where we had our “Drivers Meeting”IMG_6084







We arrived at Haynes on Main in Mackinaw for lunch and “Adult” beverages.

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Then on to  relax at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard with a glass of wine and take in the fabulous views from the veranda.




Mackinaw Valley Vineyard’s website:

Alan’s Mystery Tour


Alan Klienschmidt set up a “Mystery Lunch Cruise” on Monday October 26th.   We formed up in Shirley, Illinois on Old Rt 66 at 10:15am.  All Flatland members were invited to participate.

We met up in Shirley, along Route 66


Leonard and Mary Lee bundled up in their Sunbeam Alpine


Keith Bess  . . . ready to head out!

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We enter Funks Grove on the way to the Nature Center.

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Short break at the Sugar Grove Nature Center.

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We arrive at out “Mystery” lunch destination.



A crowd gathers around Dave Fitch’s MG TD

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Let’s make SURE the lug nuts are tight!


Denny and LeeAnn Elimon head out to celebrate LeeAnn’s Birthday!

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It’s here! New IFLBCC website

Yay new website

The Illinois Flat Land BritIt’s here! New IFLBCC websiteish Car Club (IFLBCC) is proud to announce the release of our newly redesigned website.

Our old site, managed by member Gary Brown, has served us well but web technology has moved on and it was time for us to look for a new platform.  A BIG THANKS to Gary for working in the old HTML platform.  It was a time consuming effort!

By updating our main site, with a stylish new look and feel, we’ve been able to improve navigation and provide enhanced communication tools. The improved capabilities will allow faster delivery of event information through the new Event Calendar and the “What’s Happening?” blog.

We encourage you to visit and explore the site.  It’s BRAND NEW so consider it a work in progress.

For the “Techies”:

  • The new site is a WordPress product,
  • Hosted by GoDaddy.
  • Change the domain name from a .com extension to .club
  • Allows for multiple Administrators
  • Updating is via the web and has a simple text editor interface
  • WordPress blogs have access to an extensive widget and plug-in catalog.

Our new website, aside from being aesthetically pleasing, is more agile, interactive, and is easier to scan, read and navigate, enabling members and visitors just like you, to find what they need quickly.

One of our main goals we wanted to achieve when designing the new site was to help our members and visitors get to know us better and get a feel for who we are as a club. We are now using a responsive design, which means that you’ll see essentially the same design optimized for your smart phone, tablet and desktop.

Logon today and let us know how you like it!

November IFLBCC Amish Dinner

An Amish Dinner has been arranged for November 7, 2015 at the home of Marvin & Sarah Helmuth,  Arthur, Illinois.,

We will meet at the parking lot of Arthur High School, 301 E Columbia St, Arthur, IL 61911 at 2:30 p.m with departure at 2:45 pm to Helmuths for dinner to be served at 4:00 p.m.

Dinner’s will be eighteen dollars per person payable in cash.

Marvin has offered to provide a tour of his farm and barns featuring Dutch horse’s before dinner. He wanted us to know he did not have any English horses. Then for a donation, he has also offered a one horse Amish buggy ride.

This will be an event you’ll remember for years. We still laugh about our buggy ride from over 10 years ago, well worth our $2.00.

Please rsvp By Nov.4th to, we need an accurate head count

Name & Number attending_________________________________________

Attending Tour-number included  ___________________________________

Buggy Ride (donation) number  ___________________

Requested Pie    ____________________(pumpkin,apple,cherry, etc.

Chicago Tribune Article – click here

Herald & Review Article – click here

Eating in Sarah Helmuth’s Amish kitchen has a way of bringing strangers together like they are old friends, says her husband, Marvin.He should know, since the Helmuths regularly open their home to visitors craving an Amish meal with all the trimmings.“Enjoying a meal in their home is more than just great food,” said Jane Churchill, a recent dinner guest from Springfield. “You get interesting, friendly conversation, too.”The Amish couple offer meals in their Sullivan home six days a week, and reservations are available to parties of four to 76 for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

The Helmuths have been entertaining guests in their home for four years. It all began in 2008 when doctors discovered that Marvin Helmuth had a brain tumor. While it wasn’t malignant, it had to be removed, and like many Amish, the Helmuths didn’t have health insurance. In addition, their daughter, Marry Lou, suffered from meningitis as a child and was left with a severe brain injury.

Thus, Sarah’s Home Cookin’ was started in 2009. The business has grown every year. In 2012, they served 2,050 guests from 43 counties. So far in 2013, they have had a little more than 500 guests and with summer, their busiest season, Marvin expects to serve even more this year. And, with a menu, visitors are guaranteed not to leave the table hungry.Breakfast begins early at the Helmuth house. Sarah Helmuth says her normal time to rise is 3:45 a.m.




WHAT: A Fall drive down some of Central Illinois’ scenic back roads to Haynes On Main  in Mackinaw for lunch and then on to the Mackinaw Valley Vineyard.

Yes I can drive a stickWHERE: The cruise will be forming at the Circle K station, 2302 W Market St, Bloomington, IL 61705, Saturday, October 31st at 12:15 pm. We will depart Circle K promptly at 12:30 pm.

WHEN: October 31st, 2015

WHY: To enjoy some fall scenery, have lunch and then relax at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard with a glass of wine and take in the fabulous views from the veranda.

RSVP: RSVP is important so that Haynes on Main can get set up for us.  If you have any questions or comments about the event please email Alan Kleinschmidt at  or call Alan at 309.824.6490